One of my teachers at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition was a raw food expert, David Wolfe, whom taught us about the benefits of eating raw foods, as well as enlightened us about the power of superfoods. Now the raw food diet may not appeal to everyone, including myself, but Superfoods are an entirely different story. By definition, superfoods are calorie sparse and nutrient dense; Wolfe says, “they have more bang for the buck than our usual foods.” Superfoods have the ability to tremendously increase the vital force and energy of one’s own body, and are the optimum choice for improving overall health, boosting the immune system, elevating serotonin production, enhancing sexuality, and cleansing and alkalizing the body. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients, nutrients we need, but cannot create ourselves.
Here is a list of Davis’s Top Ten Superfood choices:
1. Goji Berries: helps body produce choline, an essential nutrient that combats free-radical damage (linked to neurological degeneration)
2. Cacao: contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world (by weight, more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, acai, pomegranates, & goji berries combined)
3. Maca: supports healthy hormone production, improves one’s mood & increases energy, endurance, oxygen in the blood, and physical strength
4. Bee Products (honey, bee pollen, propolis, and royal jelly): bee pollen is an energy-rich source of complete protein & reduces the production of histamine, thus neutralizing many allergies
5. Spirulina: is the best source of gamma-linolenic acid, an anti-inflammatory essential fatty acid needed for a healthy nervous system
6. AFA Blue-Green Algae: loaded with chlorophyll, which can help fight leukemia & other forms of skin and liver cancer
7. Marine Phytoplankton: provides solid, consistent energy throughout the day & contains no stimulants (like caffeine)
8. Aloe Vera: helpful for all types of digestive problems & can aid in recovery from digestive illnesses, such as colitis, ulcers & IBS; it also cuts and dissolves mucous in the intestines, which helps increase nutrient absorption
9. Hempseed: excellent source of monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids, which are considered a healthy energy source
10. Coconuts & Coconut Products: they increase the speed of the thyroid, allowing the body to drop excess weight & accumulated toxins
Some other superfoods to incorporate into your diet are:
– Acai Berry
– Sweet Potato & Squash
– Salmon, sardines and mackeral
Please note that research has shown that the ideal diet is one that is largely plant-based with a broad variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthful animal products. Superfoods might be a good entry into healthy eating, and understanding their nutritional value is enlightening, but other whole foods can be just as healthy.
David Wolfe’s “Superfoods” book.